Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy has been a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly since November 2014. Before then, she wrote at her own blog, Horizons, for almost a decade.

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Social Studies/Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Theology/Marriage and Family Therapy. She provided counseling and therapy in various settings before becoming the executive director of a nonprofit organization whose mission focused on juvenile crime prevention.

The Long Game on Climate Policy

From the beginning, President Obama articulated an “all of the above” energy plan – something that angered both environmentalists and the fossil fuel industry. But it was a systemic approach that took into account not only the issue of climate change, but also this country’s economic recovery and a foreign policy that was too often… Read more »

Daylight Poem

A DREAM OF TREES There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees, A quiet house, some green and modest acres A little way from every troubling town, A little way from factories, schools, laments. I would have time, I thought, and time to spare, With only streams and birds for company, To build… Read more »

Odds & Ends

According to a report from the Southern Education Foundation, 51% of children in public schools qualified for free or reduced-price lunches in 2013. That’s up from 38% in 2000. As marriage equality goes to the Supreme Court, AG Holder announced that DOJ would be filing a friend of the court brief “that will urge the… Read more »

Let’s Pause for a Moment of Schadenfreude

As Republicans try to figure out how to fund the Department of Homeland Security, they seem to be running into a bit of a problem. Mitch McConnell is telling colleagues that he needs six Democrats to get the 60 votes he needs to overcome the Democratic blockade. The reporting out there indicates that this isn’t… Read more »

Fact-Checking Republicans on Social Security Disability

We’re going to be hearing a lot about the Social Security Disability program over the next few months. That’s because it is the latest “hostage” the Republicans have decided to use as leverage to get President Obama and Democrats to give them what they want. You can read more about all that here, but it… Read more »